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Concerned About Your Child’s Eating? Eating Disorders Among Young Children and Teens

As a parent, you hope that you will not need to address the topic of eating disorders with your child; however, many parents are forced to confront their child’s diagnosis with this illness. All parents should be aware of the signs and symptoms of eating disorders and provide a stable and supportive environment for those…

2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has released the updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. The updated guidelines are based on the latest scientific evidence that explains the benefits of daily physical activity. The guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations for improving health through increased physical activity. New aspects of the guidelines discuss the following:…

What is Empathy? How to Foster Empathy in Children

Empathy is the ability for a person to understand and share the feelings of others, to recognize emotions that are being experienced by another and to understand another person’s situation from that person’s perspective (Havighurst, et.al, 2010). Helping a child understand the concept of empathy can be challenging for parents. Empathy promotes prosocial and cooperative…

What Are Adverse Childhood Experiences?

Experiences children have, good or bad, can influence their physical and mental health as they age. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that could hinder a child’s healthy development and could create long-lasting, negative effects as he or she develops into an adult. Some of the negative experiences may include physical, emotional or sexual…

World Suicide Prevention Day – September 10, 2018

Awareness months, weeks, and days offer people opportunities to talk about, advocate for, and support common and vital causes. September 2018 marks the National Suicide Prevention Month, and September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. There are few social topics that carry more stigma than suicide. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide…

Why Do Siblings Fight?

How often, as a parent, do you hear your child saying, “Mom! Harrison keeps teasing me and won’t leave me alone!” Then your other child responds, “No I’m not, Mom! She started it!” As a child, you may remember fighting with your siblings. Now, as a parent, it seems as if your own children are…

How to Talk to Kids About Tolerance, Acceptance, and Diversity

“Mom, why is that person in a wheelchair?” “Dad, why do Sam and I look so different?” We have all been there. Kids ask difficult questions, often at inconvenient times. Sometimes we shush them or feel embarrassed about the issue they have raised. As parents, teaching tolerance and acceptance and embracing diversity and inclusion are…